From Travel Pulse
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and few places are as magical as New York City during the holidays.
From the ice skating rink and Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, to the dazzling store displays on Fifth Avenue, to the countless pop-up holiday markets throughout the city, there is an endless amount of fun to be had throughout the winter in the Big Apple.
For those of you lucky enough to be celebrating the holidays in the city, we’ve rounded up the most festive hotel specials that you won’t want to miss out on.
Hyatt Centric Times Square
Hyatt Centric Times Square will be celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with 12 different holiday on-property and off-property offerings for guests.
A few offerings include a special appetizer with any cocktail at Bar 54 and complimentary wine with any meal at the T45 restaurant, as well as discounts to any of the Classic Harbor Cruises, including the holiday ones; Broadway show discounts; discounted spa or mani/pedi treatments at Timeless Marilyn Monroe Spa; discounts to Bar Car Nights at the New York Botanical Garden and more.
December 12—Put Dancing Shoes On
Guests can see New York City’s finest blues musicians at the legendary B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square and enjoy 50 percent off by booking tickets with the code “HYATT”.
December 13—Open a Surprise Gift
Upon check-in, travelers will receive a surprise Hyatt Centric Explorer Gift.
December 14—Wine Down
Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine during lunch or dinner at the hotel’s newly designed restaurant T45.
December 15—Hit up Broadway and Enjoy the Classic American Musical Chicago
Guests can save up to $50 off regularly priced tickets for performances until February 12, 2018, by using the code CHFL31119 when booking tickets.
December 16—#foodstagram Day
Visitors will receive a classic scrumptious New York cheesecake when ordering a meal to-go at the hotels’ T45 restaurant.
December 17—Cruise Around NYC
The hotel has teamed up with Classic Harbor Line to offer its guests 20 percent off holiday cruises including Holiday Brunch, Cocoa & Carols, Holiday Jazz and Holiday Wine Tasting when using the code HYATT20 while booking.
December 18—Chocolate Lover’s Day
The hotel’s Timeless Marilyn Monroe Spa will be offering guests 20 percent off any indulgent chocolate spa treatment (massage, manicure or pedicure) on this day when mentioning “12DAYS” upon booking.
December 19—Roam Around NYC with a Private Photographer
Travelers will receive 10 percent off when reserving a Flytographer experience, allowing them to explore New York City while capturing every moment.
Hyatt Centric explorers can enjoy various discounts by showing their room keys at TurnStyle, a shopping and dining hub located below Columbus Circle.
December 21—Prepare to Get Mesmerized in the City That Never Sleeps
In collaboration with On Location Tours, guests can enjoy 20 percent off with the code “Hyatt20” when booking a guided bus tour experience to see the spectacular holiday lights and movie sites filmed in New York City.
December 22—Hit the Bar at the New York Botanical Garden
Travelers save $5 on Bar Car Night at the New York Botanical Garden by entering HCTS5 when booking tickets. The wintry landscape of the NYBG is a festive scene for outdoor adventures with an after-dark view of the Holiday Train Show® as the centerpiece.
December 23—Lounge at the Tallest Rooftop Bar in NYC
Visitors can indulge in a specialty appetizer with every two cocktails purchased at Hyatt Centric Times Square’s Bar 54.
Details for the “12 Days of New York City” can be found here. When booking, guests must book directly on the hotel’s website and enter the “special offer code”: 12DAYS under the “special rate” tab in order to receive these perks.
Now through the end of the holiday season, Triumph Hotels—a collection of historic hotels across Manhattan—is partnering up with Streetwise—a company known for their unique and localized spin on historic walking tours—to make their complimentary walking tour program even more spectacular with a specialty “jingle bell walk” edition highlighting the iconic holiday window displays.
Since Lord & Taylor debuted its first Christmas themed windows in 1938, Fifth Avenue stores have competed to have the best and brightest holiday display windows. This year Triumph will craft this year’s route based on the most exciting displays.
Highlights from past tours include visiting the antiques collection at Bergdorf Goodman, a children’s book theme at Saks Fifth Avenue and traditional Christmas scenes at Lord & Taylor.
This tour will check out the new 2017 windows and also detail their history. (For example, Andy Warhol is one of several artists who has done holiday windows.) The tour will make stops at other perennial New York Christmas favorites like the tree at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park’s holiday market and Central Park South, ending with hot chocolate.
For more information, click here.
At the four W Hotels of New York, all guests who book through December will receive a complimentary analog camera by Lomography. Each W Hotel of New York will offer two packages for guests to receive either a Lomography Instant Film Camera or their newest analog model, the Diana F+ Camera. The hotels will even print and ship photos home for guests.
Right in time for the holidays, guests will be provided with curated photography guides to get out and explore the hotels’ neighborhoods.
Rooms start at $600 per night. For more information, click here.
Loews Regency New York
Stop by the Loews Regency New York Fridays and Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., starting December 1 to warm up with some hot chocolate in the lobby lounge. If you’re looking to make your afternoon extra special, pair your cocoa with a holiday-themed Bon Vivant Petit Four Flight.
Cachet Boutique NYC Hotel
Check out Cachet Boutique NYC Hotel if you’re in need of a staycation package this winter. Though anyone can book, this was especially created with local New Yorkers in mind and includes:
—One night in a room with skylight and balcony (upgrades available)
—Drinks for 2 in ‘The Retreat’
—4 day passes for ‘The Bocce Club’
—Cachet Uber code up to $75 for night out
—Early check-in and late check-out
The package is valid for stays booked through January 31, 2018, but blackout dates apply from December 31, 2017, to January 1, 2018. For more details, click here.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester offers a luxurious retreat just outside the hustle and bustle of NYC. It’s ideal for those who want to be in close proximity to the excitement of the city while having the option of enjoying nature and the more relaxed vibes of Westchester County.
December 3—Gingerbread Workshop
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester is offering a special gingerbread workshop for families looking to get into the holiday spirit. They can creatively decorate gingerbread houses with sweet treats while dressed in festive gingerbread aprons.
In addition to the gingerbread workshop, hotel’s talented pastry team has created a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel and residence towers in honor of its 10-year anniversary. The replica is on display now through the New Year.
December 10—Breakfast with Santa
Families are invited to join Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet and a range of fun activities for the kids including face painting, balloon artists, cookie decorating, a holiday movie showing and visits with Santa. While the children play, adults will be treated to a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.
Through December 23—Letters to Santa
Children with a Christmas wish list can write letters to Santa in the hotel’s lobby under a dazzling Christmas tree; Letters will be mailed directly to him! The children are provided with special holiday stationary and crayons. Once they finish their letters, they can drop them in a dedicated mailbox located in the Lobby.
All of December
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester’s partnership with the Music Conservatory of Westchester brings guests a Live Music Series in the hotels’ Lobby Lounge with select concert dates throughout the remainder of the year. The live music series takes place on select Thursday and Friday evenings in December from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
To book, email RCWestchesterEvents@ritzcarlton.com or call 914-467-5826.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
Swing by Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge, atop Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, to indulge in their new Apple Cider Bar now through the rest of the holiday season from noon to 10 p.m. daily. For $7, guests can sip on a tailored warm apple cider, sourced locally from Red Jacket Orchards in Finger Lakes, New York.
In the afternoon, take in Plunge’s view of the sunset over the Hudson River and make it a bit cozier with a spiked version for $19.Click here for reuse options!
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